Anyways, enjoy these photos. I did include the same dime in one of the photos so you could get a sense of scale. Because when you take such close up pictures… it’s hard to get a big or small a monarch caterpillar is. And they’re definitely fatter, I will add — just like in “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
I know some of you like videos. so here’s a video slideshow of the photos from both photoshoots.
I hope you enjoyed these photos. I will try to keep an eye on them so that you can see photos of them once they’ve made chrysalises. My dad, a longtime amateur entomologist, has always dreamed of getting a time lapse video of a monarch caterpillar emerging from its chrysalis. Wouldn’t that be cool? We’ll see if I can pull something like that off.
Anyways, I’ll leave you with one final fun fact, courtesy of my son’s monarch caterpillar book. Did you know that monarch caterpillars born late in the season will fly directly south, instead of mating? The ones born earlier in the summer are the ones that do the mating. Interesting. Over and out.